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I/ITSEC 2021: Joining Forces – CAE’s Synergies from L3Harris Front and Centre

Largest Ever Footprint Cements Company’s Pre-eminent Position

Earlier this year, CAE completed the acquisition of L3Harris’ Military Training business, which included Link and Doss Aviation. The billion-dollar acquisition was big news in the simulation and training industry, and the integrated company is using I/ITSEC 2021 – the world’s largest show focused on military simulation and training – as a showcase venue for the capabilities of the “new CAE,” which fittingly, has the largest physical footprint at this year’s show.

I take pride that we’re standing on the shoulders of giants like Edwin Link, Luther Simjian, and Ken Patrick, the founders of the legacy companies that give CAE almost 250 years of experience in simulation and training,” said Dan Gelston, Group President, Defence & Security, CAE . ”We are going to honour that legacy and continue to move forward as the only global, pure play, platform-agnostic training and simulation provider in the world.  Recognizing history helps an organization better understand the present and prepare for the future. CAE’s combined history of innovation will help us deliver on the training required for today’s mission, while advancing the capabilities to prepare for tomorrow’s fight.

This legacy helps set CAE apart from competitors, boosting its already market-leading portfolio of solutions, and positions the company well for the future.

With this acquisition, we identified a unique opportunity, one that accelerated our strategy and incorporated a company that is highly complementary yet similar in culture, which was very important to us,” Gelston added.

Shaping the Future

CAE is increasingly focused on preparing defence and security forces for emerging threats, including near-peer adversaries that are at the forefront of strategic concern, as well as the pervasive threat of terrorism and asymmetric warfare that has defined much of the 21st century.

The integration of all of CAE’s capabilities and adoption of new technologies is a focus of the company’s presence at I/ITSEC, in particular, CAE’s focus on enabling integrated multi-domain training incorporating full digital immersion that will increase customer’s access to high-fidelity synthetic environments.

The future is not just more training in simulators, but more training in synthetic environments,” Gelston noted. “The scale and complexity of multi-domain operations combined with time and cost considerations dictates the need for doing more in the virtual world.”

Adding to that, Gelston said it is no longer one platform and one domain in which operators need to conduct training. Instead, he believes it must be a coordinated effort across multiple platforms, battlespaces and domains, which means synthetic training is crucial to that goal.

That’s why I’m excited about the [Link] acquisition, building on the legacy of our simulation and training founders that paved the way for where CAE is today,” said Gelston. “As you look at our modeling and simulation experience and expertise, I think we have solidified our position as a company capable of helping our customers prepare for any fight they may face in the future.”

Juan Atavega reporting from Orlando



Dan Gelston is President, Defense & Security at CAE. (Photo: CAE)

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